ONE-STOP SHOPPING - Cobalt Group, a Seattle-based provider of Internet services for dealers, is offering a package of services for a setup fee of $300 and a monthly fee of $292. The package includes a subscription to DealerNet, an online service that matches car shoppers with dealers and allows dealers to post inventory on the Web. Also included in the Essentials Web Site Package are a unique domain name, development of a Web site, e-mail communication forms and site registration on popular Internet search engines.
REYNOLDS DEAL - The Canadian subsidiary for Reynolds and Reynolds Co. of Dayton, Ohio, will provide $26 million in information technology and support services to all 200 Canadian Toyota dealers. The contract with Toyota Canada Inc., Toyota's Scarborough, Ontario-based distributor, is Reynolds' largest systems sale ever. Reynolds Canada Ltd. will supply the dealers with the ERA2(R) information management system.
POPULAR PAGES - CarPoint's Personal Auto Pages are booming. CarPoint, Microsoft Corp.'s online buying service, on Nov. 5 began offering consumers custom Web pages that let them keep track of their vehicles' repair and maintenance needs. In November alone, 37,000 consumers signed up for the program, CarPoint says.
CARS.COM MIAMI - The Miami Herald has created a Miami affiliate of cars.com, a national Internet service offering a database of new and used vehicle listings. Internet shoppers log on to Miami.com, The Miami Herald's Web site, and click on 'Find a Car' to access new- and used-vehicle classifieds for South Florida.
BMW EXPANDS - BMW of North America Inc. will expand its online credit application program to 20 states Tuesday, Dec. 15. The program allows consumers to apply for auto loans and leases on the BMW Web site. Online credit applications were tested in California, Florida, Illinois and New York. BMW expects to roll out the program nationally in the first quarter of 1999.